If you want to experience a relaxing Caribbean holiday, choose Antigua and Barbuda! The tourist infrastructure here is deep-rooted, the pace is slow, and there are lots of accommodation options to choose from. Most importantly, there are endless experiences you can try.
Not yet convinced? Here are seven compelling reasons to visit Antigua and Barbuda for your next holiday.
1. Visa-free (for most countries)
Everyone needs a valid passport to enter this Caribbean island, but not all are required to acquire an Antigua and Barbuda visa. These include citizens of European Union countries, Commonwealth countries, and other non-European and non-Commonwealth countries.
So if you are a citizen of the USA or the UK, you can enter the country without a visa, provided that you have a confirmation of accommodation and a return ticket. Also, you can only stay there for up to six months, except for citizens of Cuba and China, whose travel period must not exceed 30 days.
Citizens of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and most Asian countries like the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia need to apply for a visa. No worries, though, because the eVisa website of Antigua and Barbuda allows foreigners to apply and receive a visa within a matter of days.
If you wish to stay indefinitely in this country, you can apply for citizenship through the CIP (Citizenship by Investment Program). All you have to do is make a donation to the government fund, or invest in an approved business or an approved real estate property. A Licensed Agent based in the Caribbean and approved by the local government can help expedite your citizenship application process.
2. 365 Beaches
Antigua and Barbuda claims that it has one beach for each day of the year, so there is no shortage of gorgeous beaches to explore if you are a beachgoer.
Don’t miss the island’s prettiest beach – Half Moon Bay located on the south-eastern coast. Other great options include Rendezvous Bay, Dickenson Bay, Pigeon Point Beach, Valley Church, Runaway Bay, Johnson’s Point, Long Bay, Ffryes Beach, and the Hawksbill Beaches.
Aside from their stunning natural beauty, these beaches also offer water activities like snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing, and scuba diving.
Antigua and Barbuda hosts a 12-day carnival in the summer. Tourists can attend all the events, but it is highly recommended that you plan ahead of time. For an authentic carnival experience, consider joining a troupe and dance in the parades. Also, you can enjoy some music events for free or for a small fee.
Add an extra dimension to your Caribbean holiday by visiting the island during this unique event. This is the best time for you to personally experience Caribbean culture.
4. English Harbour
Don’t miss visiting English Harbour, one of the most historically significant areas in the Caribbean and now one of the top sailing destinations anywhere in the world. The Sailing Association and School, Antigua Yacht Club and five marinas all work together to host numerous world-renowned regattas and events throughout the winter. The season kicks off with the Antigua Charter Yacht Show hosted the first week of December each year.
Some of the highly recommended spots you must visit include Nelson’s Dockyard, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Shirley’s Heights Lookout, the National Park walking trails, the Dockyard Museum, and many of the world-class restaurants including Catherine’s Cafe, SunRa and Boom with its infinity pool overlooking the mega yacht dockyard marina.
5. Devil’s Bridge
Would you like to see a natural limestone formation? Then make a stop at the Devil’s Bridge. Erosion has created this intriguing, unique bridge that you can admire from a distance. A close-up encounter is also possible via Adventure Antigua tours, once of the most fun and interesting ways to see the island’s natural habitats.
6. Rainforest zipline tour
Adrenaline junkies should not miss going to the Antigua Rainforest Zipline Tour. This caters to different abilities and levels, with the simplest one offering six zip lines that range from 52 to 328 feet long. The most challenging course offers 12 zip lines and nine other thrilling course features.
If zip lines are not your thing, you can choose other activities like riding a jeep on the beach, ATV tours through the tropical forests, kayaking, and swimming with stingrays.
7. A trip to Barbuda
Barbuda is Antigua’s sister island. This is about an hour and a half boat ride or a 20-min flight away. Here, you can see white and pink sand, exotic birds, wild deer, and caves. Visit also Codrington, Barbuda’s main town, which most visitors describe as an experience like going back in time.
If a summer holiday in Dubai has been your most unforgettable travel experience so far, wait until you experience Antigua and Barbuda. You will realize that there is more to unveil in these Caribbean islands. Book your Antigua trip now!
Kaline Kennard is the co-founder of Citizens International, a white-glove specialist firm offering private client services necessary for citizenship investment into the Caribbean. Based in the Caribbean for the past 15 years, she is an experienced consultant who works directly with many professional partners and advises clients worldwide.